My mind holds only what I think with God

This post was written by DoctorJay on June 4, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

We start another review period.

From A Course in Miracles workbook for this review period:

Now we review again, this time aware we are preparing for the second part of learning how the truth can be applied. Today we will begin to concentrate on readiness for what will follow next. Such is our aim for this review, and for the lessons following. Thus, we review the recent lessons and their central thoughts in such a way as will facilitate the readiness that we would now achieve.

There is a central theme that unifies each step in the review we undertake, which can be simply stated in these words:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

My comment: In reality there is only God’s thought and the idea that we exist as independent beings is an illusion. The mind (if I do not really exist how can this mind be mine) can only think what God thinks. Thus dis-ease, death, oil spills, anger, lack of forgiveness are all God’s thoughts.

And yet the illusion of the separate ego in a skin is so realistic (the ultimate virtual reality) that we need affirmation like, “My mind holds only what I think with God,” to remind the non-existent ego of its ultimate source.

When writing about things like this one great challenge is self-reflexivity which leads to paradoxes such as the liar’s paradox: “I always lie.” Is that statement true or a lie or Russel’s paradox of the set of all sets which do not include themselves. Dose this set include itself?

In the same way I talk about I not existing and who the I which claims that I am an illusion? And who is the I which goes through these ACIM workbook exercises?

Back to the workbook:

That is a fact, and represents the truth of What you are and What your Father is. It is this thought by which the Father gave creation to the Son, establishing the Son as co-creator with Himself. It is this thought that fully guarantees salvation to the Son. For in his mind no thoughts can dwell but those his Father shares. Lack of forgiveness blocks this thought from his awareness. Yet it is forever true.

Yet Jesus said, “I and the father are one.” Obviously the I which one with the Ultimate Reality (God) is not the ego in the skin I but the “I am” or “I am becoming” pure consciousness. I already mentioned my bias against the idea of salvation as it implies a fall from which we have to be saved.

To me enlightenment is the visceral understanding that all is perfect and we are part of that perfection.

In Zen Buddhism there is the saying:

Before enlightenment – a field is a field and a mountain is a mountain.
On the road to enlightenment – a field is not a field and a mountain is not  a mountain.
After enlightenment – a field is a field and a mountain is a mountain.

I suppose the ACIM work book is on the road to enlightenment.

Another idea comes from I believe Mahayana (greater vehicle) Buddhism where the vehicle (ACIM in this case) is like a boat we use to cross the waters of illusion and we throw away once we reach the other side.

However, I suppose my favorite affirmation comes from Ram Dass and it is, “I don’t know,” which I suppose is a good answer to self-reflexivity and all other paradoxes.

So back to the workbook:

Let us begin our preparation with some understanding of the many forms in which the lack of true forgiveness may be carefully concealed. Because they are illusions, they are not perceived to be but what they are; defenses that protect your unforgiving thoughts from being seen and recognized. Their purpose is to show you something else, and hold correction off through self-deceptions made to take its place.

And yet, your mind holds only what you think with God. Your self-deceptions cannot take the place of truth. No more than can a child who throws a stick into the ocean change the coming and the going of the tides, the warming of the water by the sun, the silver of the moon on it by night. So do we start each practice period in this review with readying our minds to understand the lessons that we read, and see the meaning that they offer us.

Begin each day with time devoted to the preparation of your mind to learn what each idea you will review that day can offer you in freedom and in peace. Open your mind, and clear it of all thoughts that would deceive, and let this thought alone engage it fully, and remove the rest:

My mind holds only what I think with God.

Five minutes with this thought will be enough to set the day along the lines which God appointed, and to place His Mind in charge of all the thoughts you will receive that day.

They will not come from you alone, for they will all be shared with Him. And so each one will bring the message of His Love to you, returning messages of yours to Him. So will communion with the Lord of Hosts be yours, as He Himself has willed it be. And as His Own completion joins with Him, so will He join with you who are complete as you unite with Him, and He with you.

After your preparation, merely read each of the two ideas assigned to you to be reviewed that day. Then close your eyes, and say them slowly to yourself. There is no hurry now, for you are using time for its intended purpose. Let each word shine with the meaning God has given it, as it was given to you through His Voice. Let each idea which you review that day give you the gift that He has laid in it for you to have of Him. And we will use no format for our practicing but this:

Each hour of the day, bring to your mind the thought with which the day began, and spend a quiet moment with it. Then repeat the two ideas you practice for the day unhurriedly, with time enough to see the gifts that they contain for you, and let them be received where they were meant to be.

We add no other thoughts, but let these be the messages they are. We need no more than this to give us happiness and rest, and endless quiet, perfect certainty, and all our Father wills that we receive as the inheritance we have of Him. Each day of practicing, as we review, we close as we began, repeating first the thought that made the day a special time of blessing and of happiness for us; and through our faithfulness restored the world from darkness to the light, from grief to joy, from pain to peace, from sin to holiness.

God offers thanks to you who practice thus the keeping of His Word. And as you give your mind to the ideas for the day again before you sleep, His gratitude surrounds you in the peace wherein He wills you be forever, and are learning now to claim again as your inheritance.


Since I’m writing about issues I have ACIM: What’s all this crap about referring to God as he? I also have great trouble with the term, “Lord of Hosts.”

Oh well…

The good news is that the ideas to review and repeat each hour today are:

  • Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
  • Forgiveness offers everything I want.

And these are exactly the types of ideas which I love and the reason I study ACIM and I am going through the workbook.


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